On November 27th, 2022, at 2:16 a.m., officers from the North Mankato Police Department were dispatched to a burglary alarm at the Casey's convenience store on Lookout Dr. Officers arrived to find that the glass front door had been broken out. Officers secured the scene and searched the building, which was found to be unoccupied. It was learned that several cartons of cigarettes were taken. Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage and items of evidence left at the scene. The suspect is described as wearing dark clothing and ski mask and used a hammer to break out the glass of the front [...]
Mediacom Communications is offering $60,000 in scholarship support for high school seniors who plan to obtain further education. The scholarship program is in its 22nd consecutive year and Mediacom’s investment will award $1,000 World Class Scholarships to 60 high school seniors. Scholarship recipients are given the flexibility to use the financial awards to support post-secondary college costs or vocational training from an accredited institution starting in the fall of 2023. Award selection is based on academic achievement and leadership accomplishments. Applications for Mediacom’s World Class Scholarships are available online: mediacomworldclass.com. Information is being sent to all high schools in areas where Mediacom delivers its high-speed internet [...]
A motivational speaker is urging teachers, administrators, and students to separate from their smartphones and connect with the humans around them. Joe Beckman, a consultant based in Minneapolis: "How do we say yes to the benefits of tech, but not lose the one thing that got us here in the first place, which is human connection?... We know tech's not going anywhere anytime soon. "It's not the bad guy in the room. If we use it in a way that makes our world and our lives better if we use it as a tool rather than a companion." Beckman says smartphones [...]
Minnesota hospitals and clinics are feeling the pinch from a large number of serious cases of respiratory illness -- including RSV, flu and lingering COVID -- and Doctor Jill Amsberry at CentraCare in Saint Cloud says there are things everyone can do the ease the crunch: "Staying home when you're sick; keeping your kids home from school when they're sick; keeping them out of sports when they're sick." Amsberry is urging everyone to get a flu shot and a COVID vaccine or booster. She says mask-up while in public spaces, wash hands frequently and cover your cough -- the same precautions [...]
Minnesota State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer says he will not miss the day after Labor Day when he retires. Hammer is calling it a career next spring after leading the Great Minnesota Get-Together for 26 years: "As far as the fair itself, I look forward to being here and actually going to the fair and seeing what all the fuss is about. It'll be tough I know that. I will be tempted to pick up trash...and I'll probably keep doing all that." Hammer praised his staff and predecessors for the State Fair's successes. He did note that they had record [...]
A new podcast aims to grow agricultural education in Minnesota. Natasha Mortenson of Riverview LLC in Morris is one of three hosts of "Keepin’ It Rural" and says the goals of the show are to see ag education programming in every school, connect more students to FFA, and promote teaching opportunities: "The three of us are really passionate about connecting teachers and students to agriculture, like the world of agriculture." Mortenson’s cohosts are Rebecca Paskewitz, an ag teacher at Glencoe-Silver Lake, and Lindsay Fulton, the owner of Blondie’s Butcher Shop in Wanamingo. She says the podcast is a great way to [...]
It's Cyber Monday and many of us will be looking for deals online. The Better Business Bureau's Bao Vang says scams are on the rise this time of year and she recommends: "If someone is splashing 'sale', or 'limited-time deals' just think twice about whether this is luring you instead of actually being a legitimate sale." Vang is also urging shoppers to watch out for fake websites that steal photos, images, and products from other places.
The Christmas tree season is officially underway in Minnesota. Rum River Tree Farm opened its lots on Black Friday and Austin Kunz says they're hoping for more snow: "Very excited for Tuesday to come when get one to three inches. It's gonna help with sales definitely. It's gets everybody more in the Christmas spirit with snow on the trees." Kunz says they have a good supply of Fraser and Balsam firs and more Canaan (KAY'-nin) firs than usual, which is a mix of the two evergreens. He says prices are up five to six percent this season.
(Bloomington, MN) -- Police say they will release more information today in the case of a Texas man arrested for a Bloomington restaurant shooting on Thanksgiving eve. A customer was killed and a server injured. Police in Oklahoma arrested the suspect on Thanksgiving Day. Witnesses said the suspect had walked into the restaurant wearing a mask and carrying a handgun and was twice pushed out of the store by customers. When he entered the third time, they say, the suspect started shooting.